Never trust that a place called “Safe-Zone” will really be that safe. This is The Walking Dead, after all, and the zombie apocalypse has more troubles than Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) could ever sing about. (But don’t tempt her.)
At this point in Season 4, Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) group is still at the prison … but for how long? Talk about a not-so-safe zone.
Where to go next? Well, in a sneak peek for this Sunday’s Episode 3, “Isolation,” we see Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.). in a car on a supply run, listening to a scratchy radio message mention “survive” and “alive.” In the Comic-Con trailer, a woman’s radio voice says “Sanctuary … Those who arrive, survive.”
What is the “sanctuary”? We were figuring that sanctuary was the Alexandria Safe-Zone, which is featured in the comics. Maybe that’s not the same sanctuary on the radio, but we’re still expecting to visit the Safe-Zone at some point, whether this season or not.
Three characters from the comics — Sgt. Abraham Ford, Dr. Eugene Porter, and Rosita Espinosa — will be joining Season 4, and when we heard that, we guessed it might be time to leave the prison for good. In the comics, Rick’s group meets them as they’re on their way to Washington, D.C. Our group joins them and they eventually end up at the Safe-Zone in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Safe-Zone is a small community of survivors, and Rick ends up back in a leadership role over there too. He works with surrounding communities to fight off The Saviors, who are led by Negan, a villain we're expecting to meet at some point in the AMC show, if not anytime soon. It’s more likely we’ll get to the Negan stuff either next season or maybe even after that, since the comics books are still being written and if we get too much out of the way now, the TV show will outpace the books by Season 6!
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The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.